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Friday, August 21, 2009

Lutherans to allow sexually active gays as clergy

"We can learn not to define ourselves by negation. By not only saying what we are against, which always seems to be the same — against gay people. We should be against poverty. I wish we were as zealous about that." - Rev. Katrina Foster, a pastor in the Metropolitan New York Synod

AP reports:
MINNEAPOLIS – Leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran church voted Friday to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy. Gays and lesbians are currently allowed to serve as ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America only if they remain celibate. The proposal to change that passed with 68 percent approval. At 4.7 million members and about 10,000 congregations in the United States, the ELCA is one of the largest U.S. Christian denominations yet to take a more gay-friendly stance on clergy. The final decision on whether to hire gay clergy in committed relationships will lie with individual congregations.

Some critics of the proposal have predicted its passage could cause individual congregations to split off from the ELCA, as has been the case with other Christian denominations, including the Episcopal Church. READ MORE

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